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Mediterranean diet “better than statins” at treating heart disease

In one of the first large studies of the Mediterranean diet as a ‘treatment’, Italian researchers have shown that a diet rich in vegetables, nuts, fish and oils worked better than statins in reducing the risk of early death. Researchers followed 1,200 people with a history of heart attacks, strokes and blocked arteries over seven […]

August 30, 2016 Continue Reading

Organic beats conventional agriculture in the tropics

A long-term study by the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Kenya has shown clearly that organic agriculture not only generates comparable yields, but produces more income for farmers than conventional methods. The 10-year study in Thika and Chuka was conducted with local partners since 2007. It contradicts the widely heard claim that organic needs more space to achieve similar […]

June 30, 2016 Continue Reading
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US Organic group sues Shredded Wheat maker over ‘natural’ claim

Leading US organic advocacy group The Organic Consumers Association is to sue Post Foods for claiming that one of its brands, Shredded Wheat, is ‘natural’ despite the fact that it contains detectable levels of the herbicide glyphosate. If successful the case would throw into question the legality of the term ‘natural’ in any foods containing […]

June 26, 2016 Continue Reading
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Dutch scientists develop ground-breaking approach on vitamins intake

A new risk-benefit method for evaluating micronutrient intake developed by Dutch scientists could help end the reliance on outdated approaches to the setting of vitamin and mineral levels, says the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH). The ANH commissioned the Dutch study in an effort to cut through the “considerable confusion” over what levels are optimum […]

June 10, 2016 Continue Reading

Supplementing with omega-3s could save EU €12.9BN in healthcare costs

A report commissioned by Food Supplements Europe has found that the EU could save billions on cardiovascular disease (CVD) healthcare if omega-3 supplements were taken daily by the over-55s. The aim of the Healthcare Cost Savings of Omega 3 Food Supplements in the European Union report was to determine if cost savings could be realised, […]

May 20, 2016 Continue Reading

Organic accounts for nearly 5% of all US food sales, report reveals

The booming US organic industry posted new records in 2015, with total organic product sales rising to $43.3 billion, up a robust 11 percent from the previous year’s record level and far outstripping the overall food market’s growth rate of 3 percent, according to the Organic Trade Association’s 2016 Organic Industry Survey. The survey shows […]

May 20, 2016 Continue Reading

EU scheme brings Armenian and Moldovan organic producers to ExCeL

Armenian and Moldovan organic producers were at Natural & Organic Products Europe last month as part of a EU-funded initiative aimed at greening the economies of Eastern Europe. Countries in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus have already shown they are at competitive advantage for the development of sustainable, organic agriculture because of historically low levels of […]

May 13, 2016 Continue Reading
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Holland & Barrett signs deal for 1,000 franchise stores in India

Holland & Barrett’s overseas expansion gathers further pace with news that the health food retailer has signed a deal with India’s Apollo Hospitals group to open 1,000 franchise stores in the country over the next five years. The deal is worth around £20 million, with the opening of the first store said to imminent. Commenting, […]

April 22, 2016 Continue Reading

Dangerous stimulant oxilofrine found in US weight loss and sports supplements

Scientists say that the unapproved and potentially dangerous stimulant oxilofrine has been found in a number of widely available US weight loss and sports supplements. Researchers from global public health organization NSF International, Harvard Medical School, the National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) at the University of Mississippi and the National Institute for Public […]

April 7, 2016 Continue Reading
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US industry journal visits the dark side with special issue

US industry journal Nutrition Business Journal has published a special edition that catalogues the bad practices and rogue operators responsible for a string of scandals that have hit the American natural products industry in recent years. NBJ’s Dark Issue sets out to “name names … and provide analysis on some of the year’s most scandalous […]

March 29, 2016 Continue Reading

EFSA issues draft recommendations for vitamin D

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on dietary reference values (DRVs) for vitamin D for Europeans. The document, compiled by the EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA), proposes dietary reference values for adults, children and infants, pregnant and lactating women. Using bodily […]

March 24, 2016 Continue Reading
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MPLs to remain key focus in EU Referendum year, says CHC

Maximum Permitted Levels for vitamins and the UK’s ability to “retain sovereignty over key policy areas like health” will be major areas of focus for Consumers for Health Choice in 2016. CHC’s latest quarterly newsletter sets out the activity taken by CHC so far this year and outlines the future activity it will take to […]

March 14, 2016 Continue Reading